Posts Tagged ‘Clutch


Project Roadster; Clutch Time Vol.3

What a mission! Today I tackled the last starter bolt (arrowed below; this pic was taken with the camera shoved up the tunnel). After 3 hours of fighting I gave up…

and drilled it out. You can see why I couldn’t get it off; it was well rounded!

I have spent about 5 hours just on that one bolt; seriously, not fun! Once it was off it was a case of dropping the last bell-housing bolts and dropping the ‘box off.

Only problem is because the car is so low, (despite my best efforts to get is a high as I could) the gearbox won’t come out from below the car; there is just not enough space front, back or past the sills! So, it’s going to have to stay under the car until it goes back on and I will have to change the thrust bearing under the car!

Last shot of the old clutch

Hopefully I get sent the right clutch and I can be back on the road next weekend (work sucks and gets in the way of everything!).


Project Roadster; Clutch Time Vol. 2

I’m not going to lie; it’s not going well. In fact it has been a total pain! Today’s hassle was caused by the most obscured starter bolt being seized in and then me rounding it.

It’s this one:

So after fighting for ages, I decided to carry on and pretend it was all going to be OK (Ha Ha). Made it to the final stage; Exhaust off, Prop off, Power Plant Frame off.

So as it sits now all the bell housing bolts are cracked bar the top 2, the ‘box is on a jack and I am kidding myself that I will be able to lower the back of it to get access to the last starter bolt.

In other good news my Clutch won’t arrive until Tuesday so, I will have to leave the car at my parents house, catch a lift home and daily the Starlet next week. &*%$.

Oh well, it will be cool when its back together. I LOVE CARS!


Project Roadster; Clutch Time Vol. 1

A rather enthusiastic full throttle launch last week caused a little slip so I thought it was time to sort it. I have been putting this off for a couple of months now; It’s not even that big of a job, it’s just the grovelling around under the car with it only 12″ off the ground in -1 weather that  hasn’t been appealing to me! Anyway, time to man up and get on it as I only have a few days holiday left!

1st job was to get it on stands, which sounds easy, but with 3 useless jacks, mis-matched stands and the the car being too low to get a jack under it’s a pain!

Assessed the damage from low-ness. Mmmm looks like the sump guard bolt heads are no more!

Today I made it to Stage 5:

I had to cut one of the exhaust bolts off so didn’t get much further before it went dark and my hands stopped working with cold.

The bad news is I am still waiting for the clutch to come in the post! Hope it makes it before I have to put it back together to use for work!


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